California-based Rick Shea is an outstanding songwriter and solo performer who is also well known as a guitarist, often backing Dave Alvin on tour and in the studio including playing on Dave Alvin’s Grammy Award-winning album Public Domain. His career spans four decades as a solo artist and with bands such as Chris Gaffney and The Cold Hard Facts and Dave Alvin’s Guilty Men as well as his own band, the Losin’ End. His music is inspired by folk, country, blues, and rock and he has been compared to Tom Russell, Jimmie Dale Gilmore, and Chuck Pyle. He has toured across the US and Europe playing folk venues and festivals and he has released 10 albums.
“...an incredible and intelligent musician and songwriter with an angelic voice that I’d kill for.” – Dave Alvin, Singer/Songwriter
"...a hauntingly nostalgic vocalist, imperative guitarist and literate, detail-rich songwriter, do yourself a favor." – Gary von Tersch, Sing Out!
"Shea is to interior California what Joe Ely is to West Texas, two pinches of old Mexico, a blast of exhaust from the boss man's Suburban and a baseline of working stiff desperation…and the best country voice since Merle hisself." – Jackson Griffith, Pulse Magazine
"Marvelous…covers the gamut of folk, gospel, blues, country and even some Mexican idioms … each song crafted with distinctive freshness and originality and to top it off, Shea's caramel baritone is as beautiful and resonant as his multi-string virtuosity is awe-inspiring…" – Bob Strauss, LA Daily News
"…a powerful musical personality…Shea's best songs rank with anybody's best…" – Jim Washburn, OCWeekly
"One of the most interesting singer-songwriters of the current Americana lot." – Ctrl. Alt. Country
"A folk singer with a hearty voice, a sure feel for country-flavored blues and given to vivid, detailed portraits of people and places in the manner of Tom Russell...." – David McGee, Deep Roots
"Shea can sing about leaving places we’ve never been to and make us yearn to be there, leaving the listener wanting more." – Penny Black Music
"Not to be confused with some pop-flavored, faux-rooted "Americana" act Shea traffics in muscular folk music based in American tradition and experience. Devoid of fakery, Shea tells stories you will want to hear." – Jerome Clark, Rambles